Monday, April 11, 2005

Ceremonial First Pitch

The Sawx just got their World Series rings. Good for them. Seriously.

I'll never forget when the '94 Rangers finally broke through and won the Cup...what a moment for a fanbase so accustomed to coming up short for decades. Then our little banner ceremony was marred by the NHL lockout that immediately followed the playoffs, eating up half the season. That kinda sucked. So I'm all for today's ceremony. That concludes the Gracious Ace portion of our program.

For the ceremonial first pitch, the organization trotted out Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour to throw four simultaneous pitches to Varitek, Schilling, Foulke and Terry Francona.

Bruschi threw out his pitch to Francona. I'm pretty sure that toss was sponsored by Zocor. What, Dick Cheney wasn't around to officiate?

Series #2, folks, let's get it goin'.


At 3:42 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Thanks Ace, you're a good man.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Any time. I loved the Standing Mo-vation you guys gave our closer.

Hopefully that's the motivation he needs to get his head out of his ass when he plays you guys.

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Jacob Eli said...

Appreciate the words Ace. I didn't get to watch the ceremony, but just flipped through the pics on the Globe site. I cried.

Seriously though, does anyone else get the feeling that this rivalry is softening a bit, at least in terms of the players? Clearly the fans hate each other with a passion that will never subside, but with the exception of Payrod, I think the Sawx and Yanks players like each other a little too much these days.

The Yankees had the choice to stay in the Clubhouse during the ceremony, yet it looks like all of them voluntarily opted to sit in the dugout and watch the Sawx get their rings, hoist World Series banners everywhere and laugh it up. That baffles me. Was that a joke that I missed?? Seeing Joe Torre tip his hat when Tito got his ring was no surprise, but the picture that shows Derek Jeter literally smiling as the Sawx paraded around is something I never thought I'd live to see.

Don't know about you, but I liked it more when the players reflected the intensity of this rivalry in their hatred for the opposition. Now it is like they dislike each other in concept but not in actuality. Am I the only one who thinks that is diminishing the beautiful thing that is the Sox-Yanks rivalry?

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Honestly, I think the Yankees stayed in the dugout during the ceremony because they are classy and that is what any team should do. Would every other team in the bigs do it? Maybe. Maybe not. But the Yankees did the right thing and gave credit where credit was due. It's a reflection on their manager.

As fas as the rivalry goes, between players, I don;t think it ever reached the level as it did with the fans. Yes, last year we had the fight, the slap and everything else. But I also think that comes out of the intensity of the situation. Right now, we're in the second week of the season and the intensity on the field and clubhouses isn't nearly as high as it is in the fall. Some of these guys were teammates in the past, whether it was in high school, college, minors or another big league club. It's almost like WWF/E wrestlers outside of the ring. Yes, they "hate" each other during the show, but you know they go drink beers together after. Since I feel that the rivalry is perpetuated by the fans and media, for the most part, it's tough to have the players stay up with that level of so called hatred on the field with guys that they may know socially or off the field.

These two teams represent the best in baseball in terms of talent, class and desire to win. That desire is what drives them to to their best on the field. And, when you're trying to outdo someone else, there is a sense of rivalry, I guess, between the teams. So, I would say that the competitive rivalry is and always will be there, but not nearly to the level as it is among the fans and media. That's my take.

Go Sox.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Jake, I think when the time comes, the players will be as intense and rival-matic as ever.

I think what you saw yesterday was a classy move by a classy team. And I say this is not to rub it in, but Jeter and Torre and Tino can smile all they want because they've done this plenty of times before, they have their rings and they'll get some more soon. The rest of those guys on the Yanks though shouldn't have been so clap-happy...

But the rivalry will be just as crazy come September and October.


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